Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro’s takeover are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who traveled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and a resurrection of their careers.
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Loved this postcard from Cuba and the wonderful music of Ry Cooder playing with legendary Cuban musicians from yesteryear who would have otherwise remained unknown to the outside world. A must see for music fans!
Fascinating and well conducted doc. I especially loved that scene when Rubén González, in his garish-orange costumes, put his photo memories back into a blue plastic bag and goes walking through the park. Such a beautiful and genuine moment. It's really sad that all those veterans were almost forgotten before the album's release. Ry Cooder, man has my respect.
5 stars to the honest characters, the Cuban sounds, La Habana, the genuinity of the Cubans, their humbleness & integrity in the face of adversity. Buenavista has both artistic & humanistic dimensions, both incommensurable & transcendental, everything magnified by the fact that the crew were largely living legends brought up from oblivion, one step away from extinction. Ry Cooder just had to sit quiet & film it all.
The thing that annoyed me about this doc that I rather liked was that in some way Ry Cooder becomes the defacto "star" of it, which feels completely wrong since this a film about CUBAN musicians. Otherwise, strong document
Esta película, ya perfecta en todo aspecto, lo es mil veces más desde el momento en el que sale Ibrahim Ferrer cantando "Dos Gardenias" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz_01le5pMs ... es tan increíble que conmueve.